What does the word plaintive mean?

    Part of speech: adverb

  • Plaintively.

  • Part of speech: adjective

  • Expressing a subdued sadness; mournful.

Usage examples for plaintive

  1. She was conscious of steadily pursuing footsteps behind her, but she did not turn to look until the feet came nearer and nearer and a soft plaintive voice called, " Oh, Miss Dimple, stop, please stop." – A Sweet Little Maid by Amy E. Blanchard
  2. Far up the street I heard laughter, then a plaintive, sustained howling, then more laughter, drawing nearer and nearer. – The Reckoning by Robert W. Chambers